Video Dope: DSGP Preview

(Watch on Vimeo for that glorious HD)

GET STOKED ON CX NOW! The course is nearing completion and lots of people are getting their skills dialed in. This promises to be an exciting fall, especially for the Cat 4/5 class, filled with first time ‘crossers. As promised, THERE WILL BE MUD!

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes on that video in case it melted your brain so extensively that you are uncertain what you just saw.

October 19 – 10 AM – City Park, New Orleans
October 26 – 10 AM – Highland Road Park, Baton Rouge
November 3 – 10 AM – Somewhere Rad, Jackson MS
November 23 – 10 AM – Secret Spot, Monroe
December 14 – 10 AM – Thunderdome, Natchez MS (**Championship**)

Here’s some helpful links, in case that video melted your brain so extensively that you are uncertain what to do next:

GET REGISTERED HERE! – Save $5 per race by registering in advance. 

GET SOCIAL HERE! – RSVP, talk trash, stay informed.

GET INSPIRED HERE! – Not tired of listening to us talk about cross?

A Few More Photos From 2 Broke 4 the Worlds Alleycat

With the Book! Book! Alleycat only one week away, I thought I’d post a few leftover photos from the 2 Broke 4 the Words Alleycat to get you in the racing mood.

Speaking of racing, I plan on riding my track bike all zippy like around the lakefront this evening. Meet up at NOMA at 6pm, leave 6:05 sharp.

Keep Spinnin’


Book Book! Alleycat – October 2

Bike! Bike!, the international annual gathering organized by community bike projects, for community bike projects, is coming to New Orleans, October 3-6. As an opening ceremony to the 4 days of workshops, events, and activities that will comprise Bike! Bike!, our good friend Drew Stephan has organized the Book! Book! Alleycat. Popping off Wednesday, October 2, Book! Book! will benefit local book arts incubator SIFT. Registration opens at 5PM at Lee Circle, and costs $10 for the public at large, but is FREE for anyone already registered for Bike! Bike! Race is slated to start at 6 SHARP.

Drew has been organizing alleycats since I first started racing them a few years ago, and knows what he is doing. He knows some odd spots that will even challenge locals and those well acquainted with the city. Expect a well planned course with really fun checkpoints. Historically, they are around the river side of the city . The last alleycat of his I did was just a hair under 20 miles. So, take all that as you may, but don’t hold me accountable when he completely flips the script this time.

For those that don’t remember, and for those that do, I won the last alleycat in town (my first win) and will be pulling no punches to get back on the podium, if not on top of it. Boedi has a pretty good record in New Orleans alleycats, and will not be letting me win just to be a nice guy. Expect to see some serious competition between the two halves of YYR, and perhaps some good-spirited brotherly aggression.

But by no means is this a two-horse race. Expectations are high for Robinson Sudan, who, after proving himself a formidable road racer, is foaming at the mouth to race his first alleycat. Consistently a contender since his arrival in New Orleans, and his ‘1st Fixed Gear’ victory less than 24 hours later, Roberto Puig will be one to watch out for in the Fixed class. Hannah Jegart dominated the women’s category (as well as a good portion of the men’s) at 2 Broke 4 The Worlds, and will not easily go home empty handed.

As always, there is no shortage of sponsors offering up righteous prizes to fan the flames of competition. Racers will duke it out for goodies from The Bike Shop (on Freret), Lost Love Lounge, Gerkins Bike Shop, NOBS, Crescent City Cruzers, Shake Sugary, Theo’s Pizza, Bicycle Michaels, Half Moon, and many many more to come! Handsome Willy’s will host the afterparty, which will be raucous.

The race’s beneficiary, SIFT, is basically like a community bike project, but for books. A community book project, if you will (Plan ABC?). Their mission is to provide support in the form of materials, training, and exposure for artists, writers, and creators in general who are experimenting locally in bookmaking arts. Among other things, they are responsible for the propagation of a billion awesome zines. YYR is stoked to support them, as we love zines, and one day may even aspire to publish one of our own.

Drew is still in need of volunteers and checkpoint workers, so if you would like to get involved on a non-racing level, by all means, please get in touch with us and we will make the proper arrangements. Alternatively, you could post your good intentions on the Facebook event.

This race will be super fly. Super duper fly. I can’t stand the wait.

Yeah You Ride!

Get In The Loop: Tuesday Night Training

What: Fast training ride, 8 miles x however many laps you can handle
Where: NOMA front steps
When: Tuesday night – First lap leaves at 6 sharp, catch later laps on a roughly 30 minute interval

A ways back, Zach Thomas and Robert Driskell, of Bayou Bikes, started doing a training ride that consisted of laps around an 8 mile circuit. The course consisted of a loop around City Park, plus Lakeshore Drive from Marconi to Wisner, including a spur that encompasses the Bayou St. John bridge. Several obvious sprint segments emerged, along with a neutral zone through the park for much-needed recovery. Like all things rad, the ride became wildly popular with people who know what’s good.

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Now hosted by Semi-Tough Cyling Club OG, Townsend Myers, the ride has developed a strong following. As of late, attendance has been at a dozen or more. Search Facebook events to “RSVP” and check out your competition.

Boedi and I started riding with the group last spring and have had a consistent reason to step up our game. This crew is fast. Really fast. The course has a couple really nice turns, a challenging bridge climb section, and long straightaways for sprinting. The multi-lap format is a lot of fun because it offers many opportunities to duke it out on popular Strava Segments, plus the visceral thrill of repeatedly pushing each other to ride faster through the sprints.

This ride can be hard and can teach you a lot of things. It is essentially an extended interval workout, as  there is really no full rest opportunity except between loops. You must maintain a decent pace at all times, and dial it up at sections to avoid getting dropped in a sprint. So, you will learn when and where to conserve energy, as well as when to burn it. If you are not familiar with group riding, this ride will teach you what you need to know; single paceline, double paceline, how long and fast to pull, how close to follow a wheel, how to cross tires or bump elbows without getting shook. This ride was my first introduction to what racing would feel like, a few weeks before my first road race, and it really did a lot for me. You get a feel for what types of things will happen, such as breakaways or jam-ups, and how to respond.

This ride will get  you fast. And if you’re fast, it will get you much faster. Regardless of your skill level, it will get you stoked on riding, connected with some really cool and talented people, and glad to be alive. Come find us in the park.

Yeah You Ride

The Way Things Are – A DSGP Update

You may have noticed we’ve been pretty quiet over here for the past week or so. Never at a shortage for words, there is clearly an explanation afoot. We’ve been hard at work trying to make this whole Delta States Cyclcross thing a reality, and we’re proud to say that there is significant progress. Although I could probably be more vague if I tried, I know you’re here because you want me to spill the Blue Runners. So without further ado, here’s what’s good in the world of DSGP.

For all intents, the park is ours. Permitting us underway. Like way underway. It is as underway as Wu-Tang is underground. USAC licenses have been obtained and negotiations with City Park are complete. We are literally a couple of pen strokes away from having the New Orleans race carved in stone. LAMBRA is helping out with the nuts and bolts, and we know that much of the nitty gritty is in capable and experienced hands. Which leaves our inexperienced, grubby mitts free for some heavy lifting.

Venues have been secured as well in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Mississippi. While I cannot yet testify as to what progress is being made in those sectors, I have very high hopes. I know from the time I spent in Baton Rouge that their cycling scene is healthy, enjoys a fair amount of solidarity because of how small a place BR is, and is full of great minds and strong backs. Trust, as soon as I get wind of their statuses, you will be quickly informed.

Here, in New Orleans, construction of the course is picking up. City Park recently mowed much of the area where the course is located, expanding the possibilities for exploring and developing new course sections and features. The current mission is to incorporate more of the former (soon-to-be?) golf course’s tee boxes, putting greens, bunkers, and other existing topography to make the course a little more interesting and exciting. Equipment is being amassed and tools are being stockpiled. Boedi and I just made a trip up to Baton Rouge to score a riding mower. Unfortunately it needs some work, but we are that much closer to building a top notch course.

Consider this your call to action: We need more tools; shovels, mowers, rakes, etc. If you got it, we want it. But slingblades do not themselves swing. We also need all the elbow grease we can get to make this happen. Course work days are frequently discussed and organized via the New Orleans Cyclcross group on Facebook. If you aren’t already in that loop, get plugged in.

Sponsors are actively being sought to help execute this ambitious mission of off-road racing. A beer sponsor is in the works, to ensure that the lifeblood of cyclocross flows freely for racers and spectators alike. Bayou Bikes has stepped up to the plate with some serious backing for the New Orleans race. Additionaly, several sponsors have offered up awesome prizes for podium climbers, hopefully dialing up the competition to 11. And while we are extremely grateful for gear, we are very much in need of financing. We’re talking dollars, clams, yams, duckets, bones, cheddar, wampum. Don’t forget to tell your rich uncle to cut us a check.

October 19th will be upon us before we know and we have great aspirations for this race, as well as the entire series. DSGP is going to outrageously fun, and we want you in on it. If you are at all curious, please hit us up and ask how to get involved. Working together, we will make a mark of Gorbachev proportions on the face of the region’s cycling scene. So there you have it. As of now, that’s the way things are.

Yeah You Ride